Tena welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about Charm Me.
Charm Me by Tena Stetler
Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Meet Piper from Charm Me
Full name: Piper
Species: Chow Chow dog
Physical description: big and furry
Relationship to main character: Canine companion/trained guard dog
Relationship to the villain/antagonist: hate
Where this furbaby came from: a kennel
Do you have any working or service animals in your stories? Tell us about them.
Yes. Piper is a trained guard dog to protect Summer Dawn Rylie.
In several of my other stories involving Wildlife Rescue (A Witch’s Journey Series) the dogs, birds, and reptiles play important roles.
What inspired you to create this character?
I was taking my puppy to obedience classes. In our class was a yoga instructor with her dog. I considered how a woman/witch alone would need protection in the mortal world. I created Piper, Summer’s guard dog with a few fun loving quirks. In fact Piper nearly takes over the story.
Summer’s two assistant yoga instructors absolutely adore Piper and she likes them. But when it comes to Devlin, the hero, Piper isn’t so sure this new man in Summer’s life is to be trusted.
What about this furbaby will readers like, and why?
Piper is completed dedicated to Summer and her well-being. While her main duty is protection, she still is a heartwarming canine companion.
Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.
Piper LOVE’S beef jerky. That’s one way the hero wins her over.
Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.
Devlin, the hero, brings Summer, the heroine, her favorite hot drink on a cold, snowy winter day. He walks into the yoga Studio and is greeted by Piper in full snarl. He backs off and calls out to Summer. She calls off Piper and takes the drink.
Taco is an Eclectus parrot,(23 years old) and Mystic our chow chow dog (8 years old). I also have Sammie, 52 year old Box Turtle.
These two bonded when we brought Mystic home as an eight week old pup. Taco had been through two prior dogs in her lifetime. Each one she nurtured from inside her cage as they lay below or beside her cage with her baby talk or soothing words. She mourned the passing of each dog, but happy to accept a new pup. Taco has a 250 word vocabulary that she uses in context.
If I have harsh words for Taco or Mystic for bad behavior, the one not in trouble comes running to get between me and the companion in trouble barking or screaming depending on if it’s Taco or Mystic.
Mystic has several awards. AKC Star Puppy (earned at 6 months) AKC Companion Dog title (Earned at 13 months), Obedience I & II, and several agility fun match 1st and 2nd place finishes. As she has gotten older, she guards the house, the RV and Truck but allows the order takers at Dutch Brothers access to the truck and to pet her. She also loves their puppachinos (whipped cream and dog biscuits). LOL
Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?
The dogs in my stories pretty much reflect Mystic’s quirks, humor (yes, dogs and other animals do have a humor) and attitude.
What do your pets do when you are writing?
Taco sits on my shoulder or on her play stand in my office. Mystic checked in about every hour or so and lets me know all is well inside and outside. Or if it’s not, she makes that quite clear.
What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?
We had an iguana for 15 years. His name was Fluffy. He was a sweet lizard. Still miss him.
Where did you find your pet?
Chow breeder, Parrot breeder, our turtle was a rescue, Fluffy came from a pet shop.
What do you feed your pet?
We prepare special parrot food for Taco. Mystic gets kibble and a bit of canned food.
Sammie – loved Taco’s cooked parrot food, Mystic’s canned food, and spaghetti.
Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.
Taco loves anything she can destroy, wooden toys, pinecones, metal spoons she can bang together. Noise is the name of the game on some days.
Where to buy Charm Me
Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B018L2U904
Amazon CA http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B018L2U904
Amazon AU http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B018L2U904
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/charm-me-tena-stetler/1123082834?ean=2940157816506
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Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance with an over-active imagination. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. Her books tell tales of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist
Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.
Shout out to WOLF Sanctuary and Gabrial Foundation – Nonprofits
WOLF Sanctuary W.O.L.F’s mission is to improve the quality of life for wolves and wolf dogs through Rescue, Sanctuary, and Education. https://wolfsanctuary.co/
Gabrial Foundation is a parrot welfare organization providing for the complete physical, psychological, and environment well-being of the parrots in their care. Through the education of the public, proper legal documentation, extensive support services, and constant follow-up procedures, we ensure that whether the parrots remain in a sanctuary, in rehabilitation, or are placed into adoptive homes, that the parrots are continually nurtured. The Gabriel Foundation also provides for the general welfare of parrots in the community by providing accurate, comprehensive, and reliable educational materials and resources to the public.
With the proliferation of psittacine birds into the pet marketplace, the issue of unwanted birds is rapidly growing. This is no longer one person’s problem or even one industry’s problem. It speaks to the entire issue of being responsible for anyone and anything in your life for which you have chosen stewardship. All living creatures deserve respect and kindness.